Essential Immigration Terms and Concepts

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Panelists on this fundamentals session will provide an overview of the general concepts, terms, language, and rules that are essential to the practice of immigration law.

  • Nonimmigrant vs. Immigrant, Visa vs. Status, Visa Waiver vs. Visa Exempt
  • Differences Between Visa Expiration, Petition Expiration Date, and Period of Admission
  • Changing or Extending Status, Violations of Status, Overstays, Unlawful Presence
  • Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing, Permanent Residence vs. Citizenship
  • Definitions: Petition, Beneficiary, Applicant, Respondent

Carlina Tapia-Ruano (DL)

AILA Past President, Chicago, IL

Beryl Bergquist (Farris)

Peachtree Corners, GA

Michael Hunter

Panama City, FL

Joseph Rivas

Milwaukee, WI


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